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Bob Dunning: One of the ones who make this town what it is

By From page A2 | July 31, 2014

BRANCHING OUT … the downtown Davis business community lost one of its best when Union Bank branch manager Darla Young left for a similar position in Yuba City … Darla took the notion of personal, face-to-face banking to a whole new level … she will be missed … then again, I may just open an account in Yuba City …

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE TOWN IMAGE … my friend Hiram is absolutely perplexed that our beloved hometown failed to make the list of the “Top 10 Snobbiest Small Cities” in the country … worse yet, Palo Alto was No. 1 … maybe if the Aggie football team can chop Stanford down to size when the two meet Aug. 30, it’ll knock the wind out of those prideful Palo Altoans …

BAG THIS … when I attempted to purchase a large carton of Tillamook’s absolutely unbelievable “Oregon Strawberry” ice cream on a 105-degree day, I jokingly asked the kind folks at Nugget if they’d pack it in dry ice so it didn’t turn into Oregon Strawberry Soup before I got home … I was informed that the store does, indeed, sell dry ice, which apparently means we do not yet have a dry ice ban in town to prevent the spread of excess carbon dioxide into the atmosphere …

As an alternative, the helpful clerk packed Tillamook’s finest in what she described as an “ice cream bag,” made of sturdy plastic … how much protection this provided against the 105-degree heat is debatable, but when I requested a similar bag when purchasing ice cream at Rite-Aid, the clerk looked at me as if I were an ordinance-busting scofflaw from Woodland … clearly, each store is exercising its own interpretation of our new, toughest-in-the-nation plastic bag ban ordinance …

EVEN MORE BAG ’N TELL … the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams and our Red-Headed Daughter returned from Forever 21 with several pieces of apparel packed neatly into two bright yellow reusable plastic bags with “Forever 21” plastered all over the outside … I checked the ordinance closely, then looked at their receipt, and realized they had not been charged 10 cents for each of these attractive bags, which I plan to bring with me the next time I attempt to buy ice cream … book ‘em, Danno …

EVEN MORE BAGHEADEDNESS … although I’ve asked a hundred times in a hundred different ways, no one in officialdom can explain to me why stores must charge a dime for a paper bag … they claim it’s to “discourage” the poor and uneducated folks of this town from ever using paper bags in the first place, but if paper bags are the problem, why not just ban them, too … I mean, when was this town ever shy about banning something? …

FRUGAL FAMILY OUTING … I have always felt major college football was the best game God invented, and, with Cal hosting those wild and crazy Oregon Ducks at the new Levi’s Stadium come October, this seemed like the perfect game to attend with my sports-minded family … at least that’s what I thought until I learned ticket prices ranged from $100 for a truly bad seat to $289 for a seat where you could actually witness the game …

This to see a Cal team that was 1-11 last year and failed to win a single game in its own division … worse yet, a kid’s seat costs just as much as an adult’s … and they probably confiscate your food and drink at the gate just as UC Davis does for its much more modestly priced games … Go Bears, Go Ducks … may the better team profit …

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